I provide extremely high quality, yet fun and informal, fully guided tours of Florence, designed for small, independent and open-minded travelers.
I will be happy to introduce you to the real Florentine culture. You will have a personal tour guide of Florence at your disposal to discover all the secrets of the city: history, curiosities, art and food. Through your private tour you will get to know all the main historical buildings and the museums, as well as the streets, the squares and the markets. All will be showed to you adding amusing and curious anecdotes about Florence history.
I give different types of tours and my services are always taylor-made: it's not the same thing giving a tour to a family with children, a group of friends or a couple of honey-mooners! With the Classic tour of Florence, we will visit the top sites, such as the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Square. Moreover, I offer thematic tours, such as the Medici Grand Tour, a full immersion in the story of the most famous banking family of Florence. I am also specialized in the historical tours, like the medieval tour of Florence, focused on tower houses, religious orders and the real medieval house of Florence, Palazzo Davanzati. One of my favorite ones is a funny city tour with a special emphasis on food and wine: this is the Wine and Street Food Tour of Florence, to figure out what to order for breakfast at an Italian bar or where to find the best gelato spots in town.
I love to give tours to the youngest ones, so if you have children in your party it will be exciting to discover the city with them.
During my career as tour guide I got a specialization on tours for the visually impaired. Touring Florence is possible! You just need the right person to help you. I use high-releaf models, tactile reproductions and above all my comunication skills. Human relations always make the difference!
If you wish to have further information on a particular subject or aspect you just have to ask: we will organize together a different tour, completely customized for you.
A Recent Review of this guide
Francesca was outstanding. Her knowledge of the history and collections of the major and lesser visited museums made the entire week a wonderful learning experience, delivered with great fun. I was in a wheelchair and her knowledge of navigating the city's "cobbled" streets was instrumental in my enjoying the city. Francesca's masterful experience in finding accessible entrances and the navigation of crowded museums and attractions allowed me to experience the treasures of the city. She is the best!
Hello there! I'll introduce myself, my name is Francesca, I was born 33 years ago in this beautiful city, Florence, and I have been a qualified tourist guide of Florence since 2008 (time flies..!). After getting a degree in Modern Cultures and Languages at the University of Florence and completing my studies in Spain at the Universidad de Valladolid, studying English-Spanish code switching, I had several experiences in the field of diplomatic institutions, international trade and, eventually, I approached the tourism business, working on cruise ships at hotel department. Once I decided that the time of restless travelling was over, I thought that becoming a tour guide of Florence was the best opportunity to share my passion for my home town. Guiding is my full time job, my certification was issued in 2008 by the Italian Government.
In the mean time, I came back to College to get a History Degree and I'm learning Hebrew language.
I am self-employed tourist guide, not a tour operator. I am not a driver and in Italy you need a special licence to transport people in your own vehicle.